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Slave descendants of the Cabell family
I feel so lucky, in a strange way, that my ancestors were owned by the Cabell family of Lovingston, Nelson, Virgina.
The Cabell's were among the first families to settle in the first colony "Midway Mills", in Nelson County, Virginia, along the James River, at the mouth of the Swan Creek.
Just about all of my original ancestors resided at Liberty Hall, Edgewood, Soldiers Joy, Warminster, Oak Ridge, and Union Hill, and the Swan Creek Plantation.
They stayed in the area long after the slave owners were gone. As the generations multiplied, they moved out to the surrounding communities, such as Buckingham, Rockfish, Massies Mills, Shipman, Amherst, Gladstone, and Albemarle County, and Lynchburg.
How do I know this? Well... because the Cabell family kept detailed records of all of their activities, including the full names of their slaves and servants, along with birth, death, and marriage records to be passed down to their descendants, and kept at the University Library of Virginia in Charlottsville, and Richmond.
It has been relatively easy for me to trace my family history because of the Cabell family, and my grandmother, who also kept and passed down a book of family names.
The family surnames included in my tree are:
These are all the original slave descendant families of Wingina, Lovingston, Nelson, Virginia owned by Dr. William Cabell and his business associates, who were also major slave holders.
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